Faculty Profile

  • Albert Hunter

    Albert Hunter is professor of sociology and is affiliated with Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research and the Transportation Center. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago, Wesleyan University, and the University of Rochester. He has held visiting appointments at Yale, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Paris, and the University of Edinburgh. His teaching and research interests include urban sociology, community, ethnicity, culture and literature, urban politics and civil society, and research methods. Hunter has won a number of teaching awards. He most enjoys a tutorial teaching style that includes a mix of brief lectures and more thorough discussion of texts and readings. He also encourages first-hand primary research relevant to course topics. Hunter has published numerous books and articles, including Symbolic CommunitiesThe Rhetoric of Social Research: Understood and BelievedFoundations of Multimethod Research, and most recently Pragmatic Liberalism: Constructing a Civil Society. He has served as editor of the Local Community Fact Book, and Urban Affairs Review, and chair of the community section of the American Sociological Association. His current research includes a restudy of Zorbaugh's The Gold Coast and the Slum, a study of the elite suburb of Kenilworth, a study of neighborhood response to gangs, a study of local ethnic institutions, and a comparative study of civil society in the US and the UK. He also serves as chair of the City of Evanston Plan Commission. His undergraduate degree is from Cornell and his PhD is from the University of Chicago.